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[image]Patagonian Glacier - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS,and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
This image of a Patagonian glacier was aqcuired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on May 2, 2000. Patagonia is a mountainous region spanning the border between Chile and Argentina near the southern tip of South America. The image covers an area of 36 x 30 km—the full-size image has a resolution of 15 meters per pixel. Vegetation appears red in the image, which is a false-color composite of near-infrared, red, and green light displayed as red, green, ...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Chile; Where -- Argentina
Downloads: 7
[image]Yangtze River and Three Gorges Dam - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) image, acquired on May 21, 2000, shows a stretch of the Yangtze River in China, including the Wu Gorge, the middle of the three gorges. (Click on the full-resolution version of this image to view a 65-km stretch of the Yangtze River.)In this false-color image, red represents vegetated land surface and the light blue ribbon of pixels running left to right is the Yangtze River...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- China; Where -- Sea of Japan; Where -- Japan
Downloads: 7
[image]Argyle Diamond Mine, Australia - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
The Argyle open-pit diamond mine, located in the Kimberley region in the far northeast of Western Australia, is the world’s largest single producer of diamonds. The region is remote, rugged and hot, with temperatures of over 40°C during the wet season from October to March. The discovery of the Argyle orebody marked the first time that a commercial diamond occurrence had been identified in lamproite rocks, instead of kimberlite...
Keywords: What -- Discovery; What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Australia
Downloads: 10
[image]High Resolution View of Mount Oyama - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
Eruptions of Mount Oyama progressively covered the volcano's slopes with more and more ash over the last half of 2000. This pair of images from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) shows the volcano on July 17, 2000 (left) and September 3, 2000 (right). The false-color images combine infrared, red, and green light as red, blue, and green colors, respectively. Ash is dark gray, vegetation appears red, and water is blue-gray...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Pacific Ocean; Where -- Taiwan
Downloads: 3
[image]Center-Pivot Irrigation in Railroad Valley, NV - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
These Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) images cover an area of 8 x 4 km in Railroad Valley, NV, and were acquired August 17, 2001. The top image shows center-pivot irrigated fields, with healthy vegetation in red. The middle image displays the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), a calculated quantity that portrays the amount of vegetation. (To learn more about NDVI, read: Measuring Vegetation) The color code shows highest vegetation content in dar...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER
Downloads: 5
[image]Registan Dunes - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
In southern Afghanistan, shifting sand dunes flow across the huge, sandy desert known as the Registan. When the winds constantly blow from the same direction over relatively flat terrain with a small to moderate amount of sand, the sand will pile up in crescent-moon shaped dunes, whose thin tips point in the direction of the wind flow. Called barchan dunes, these dunes will migrate across the desert surface as sand grains on the crest of the dune are toppled by the wind and spill down the leewar...
Keywords: What -- Moon; What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; Where -- Afghanistan; Where -- New Mexico
Downloads: 4
[image]Earthquake Region, India - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
People all across India, Pakistan, and Nepal were jolted awake this morning as a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck the state of Gujerat in India, killing at least 1,789 people and toppling hundreds of buildings. According to a CNN report, while most of the damage occurred in town of Ahmedabad, the epicenter was located near the town of Bhuj, some 249 miles (400 kilometers) away.This image, acquired by the high resolution Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) flying...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Earth; Where -- Pakistan; Where -- Nepal; Where -- Ahmedabad; Where -- Turkey; Where -- California
Downloads: 14
[image]Chile Altiplano Unconformity - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
This 10.5 by 11 km area in northern Chile was acquired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on April 7, 2000. Dramatically displayed is a geological angular unconformity: a contact between layers of rock at different angles. On the right side of the image, Cretaceous sediments (146 to 65 million years old) were tilted upward to an angle of about 50 degrees, then eroded...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Chile
Downloads: 6
[image]3-D View of Grand Canyon - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
The Grand Canyon is one of North America's most spectacular geologic features. Carved primarily by the Colorado River over the past six million years, the canyon sports vertical drops of 5,000 feet and spans a 277-mile-long stretch of Arizona desert. The strata along the steep walls of the canyon form a record of geologic time from the Paleozoic Era (250 million years ago) to the Precambrian (1.7 billion years ago).The above view was acquired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Refle...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Colorado; Where -- Arizona
Downloads: 5
[image]Clamshell "Islands" along the Gulf of California - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
Driven by a need for fresh produce and drinking water, the United States now utilizes as much as 90 percent of the water that flows into the Colorado River. As a result, very little of the Colorado River now reaches the Colorado River Delta. Many environmentalists and scientists alike fear the natural ecosystem in the delta may be beyond repair. Yet, no one really knows what the ecosystem in the delta was like before its initial decline in the early 20th century...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Landsat 7; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Colorado; Where -- Arizona; Where -- California; Where -- Gulf of California
Downloads: 4
[image]Chiliques Volcano, Chile - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
The Chiliques volcano, which sits in northern Chile and hasn’t erupted in at least 10,000 years, is now showing signs of life. This pair of images from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) shows the volcano in visible and near-infrared light (top) and thermal infrared (lower). Hot spots can be seen in the thermal infrared image. They are caused by magma just under the surface of the volcano.Geologists had previously considered Chiliques, a simple 5,778-met...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Crater; Where -- Chile; Where -- Washington; Where -- Philippines
Downloads: 8
[image]Terra Images Confirm New York Drought - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
<font size="-2" face="helvetica, arial, sans">large images: September 18, 2000 February 3, 2002</font>Whether you look at the glass as half empty or half full, reservoirs at 52 percent of capacity for a major metropolitan area spell trouble.On March 26, 2002, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared a drought emergency for the city and four upstate counties in response to the worst drought to hit the eastern United States in nearly 70 years...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; Where -- New York City; Where -- United States of America; Where -- New York
Downloads: 4
[image]Terra Images Confirm New York Drought - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
<font size="-2" face="helvetica, arial, sans">large images: September 18, 2000 February 3, 2002</font>Whether you look at the glass as half empty or half full, reservoirs at 52 percent of capacity for a major metropolitan area spell trouble.On March 26, 2002, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared a drought emergency for the city and four upstate counties in response to the worst drought to hit the eastern United States in nearly 70 years...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; Where -- New York City; Where -- United States of America; Where -- New York
Downloads: 4
[image]Three Gorges Dam, China - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
The above image shows a 60-kilometer stretch of the Yangtze River in China. In the image, one can see the Xiling Gorge, which is the easternmost of the three big gorges along the Yangtze. The construction site of the Three Gorges Dam, slated to be the world’s largest, sits on the left-hand side of the image along the big bend in the river. The dam is being built in part to control flooding along the Yangtze.This image was acquired on July 17, 2000, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission a...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Earth; Where -- China
Downloads: 13
[image]Three Gorges Dam, China - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
The above image shows a 60-kilometer stretch of the Yangtze River in China. In the image, one can see the Xiling Gorge, which is the easternmost of the three big gorges along the Yangtze. The construction site of the Three Gorges Dam, slated to be the world’s largest, sits on the left-hand side of the image along the big bend in the river. The dam is being built in part to control flooding along the Yangtze.This image was acquired on July 20, 2000, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission a...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Earth; Where -- China
Downloads: 9
[image]Mount Vesuvius, Italy - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) image of Mt. Vesuvius, Italy was acquired September 26, 2000. The full-size false-color image covers an area of 36 by 45 km. Vesuvius overlooks the city of Naples and the Bay of Naples in central Italy. (Popocatepetl and Mount Fuji are other volcanos surrounded by dense urban areas.) In 79 AD, Vesuvius erupted cataclysmically, burying all of the surrounding cites with up to 30 m of ash...
Keywords: What -- ASTER; What -- Snapshot; Where -- Italy
Downloads: 14
[image]Okanagan Fire, British Columbia - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
About 50 miles north of the Washington (U.S.)-British Columbia (Canada) international line, a devastating wildfire has been burning in the Okanagan Mountain Park for several weeks. Tens of thousands of people have been on and off evacuation alert during that time, as the fire flares and subsides in response to varying terrain and weather conditions.As of September 5, 2003, nearly 3200 people in the southeastern part of the city of Kelowna were ordered from their homes as the 23,000-hectare (~57,...
Keywords: What -- Columbia; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; Where -- Washington; Where -- Canada
Downloads: 8
[image]Lava Flow on Bezymianny Volcano - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan University of Pittsburg
The active Russian volcano Bezymianny in Kamchatka shows an ongoing flow from a vent on the side of the volcano on Dec. 28, 2000. This image is a composite of an Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) image showing the volcano's topography (blue) and a thermal infrared image showing the "hot spot" (red) in great detail. ASTER is the "zoom lens" aboard NASA's Terra satellite.ASTER's ability to sense fine-scale heated surfaces is providing never-before seen views of...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Montserrat; Where -- Russia
Downloads: 5
[image]Manaus, Brazil - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
The above image was acquired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emissions and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) aboard NASA?s Terra satellite and shows the junctions of the Amazon and Rio Negro rivers in Manus, Brazil. The Rio Negro flows 2300 kilometers (1400 miles) from Colombia to Brazil and appears dark blue in the image. The river gets its color from the high levels of tannin in the water. The waters of the Amazon River contain more sediment and appear purple and brown in the image...
Keywords: What -- ASTER; What -- Amazonas; What -- Terra; Where -- Brazil; Where -- Colombia
Downloads: 13
[image]Egmont National Park - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
Egmont National Park, in New Zealand, is dominated by the dormant volcano of Mt. Taranaki. Since the area has a high rainfall rate and mild coastal climate there is a lush rainforest covering the foothills, changing to subalpine and alpine shrublands at high elevations, which are in stark contrast to the surrounding pasture farmlands. Mt. Taranaki was first named Mt. Egmont by Captain Cook. This full-resolution simulated natural color Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiomete...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; Where -- New Zealand
Downloads: 6
[image]Long Dormant Volcano Shows Signs of Life - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
The Chiliques volcano, which sits in northern Chile and hasn’t erupted in at least 10,000 years, is now showing signs of life. This pair of images from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) shows the volcano in visible and near-infrared light (top) and thermal infrared (lower). Hot spots can be seen in the thermal infrared image. They are caused by magma just under the surface of the volcano.Geologists had previously considered Chiliques, a simple 5,778-met...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Crater; Where -- Chile; Where -- Washington; Where -- Philippines
Downloads: 6
[image]High Resolution View of Pine Island Glacier - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) image was acquired on December 12, 2000. Pine Island Glacier has undergone a steady loss of elevation with retreat of the grounding line (the region where the ice sheet loses contact with the ground and begins to float as an ice shelf) in recent decades. Now, space imagery has revealed a wide new crack. In late 2000, Glaciologist Robert Bindschadler of NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center predicted that this crack would ...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Discovery; What -- High Resolution Imager; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Downloads: 5
[image]Clamshell "Islands" along the Gulf of California - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
Driven by a need for fresh produce and drinking water, the United States now utilizes as much as 90 percent of the water that flows into the Colorado River. As a result, very little of the Colorado River now reaches the Colorado River Delta. Many environmentalists and scientists alike fear the natural ecosystem in the delta may be beyond repair. Yet, no one really knows what the ecosystem in the delta was like before its initial decline in the early 20th century...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Landsat 7; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Colorado; Where -- Arizona; Where -- California; Where -- Gulf of California
Downloads: 4
[image]High Dunes in the Namib Desert - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
Namib-Naukluft National Park is an ecological preserve in the Namib Desert in southwest Africa, thought to be Earth’s oldest desert. The park is the largest game park in Africa, and a surprising collection of creatures manages to survive in the hyper-arid region, including snakes, geckos, unusual insects, hyenas, and jackals. More moisture comes in as a fog off the Atlantic Ocean than falls as rain, with the average 63 millimeters of rainfall per year concentrated in the months of February and...
Keywords: What -- ASTER; Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Downloads: 9
[image]Richat Structure, Mauritania - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
This prominent circular feature in the Sahara desert of Mauritania has attracted attention since the earliest space missions because it forms a conspicuous bull’s-eye in the otherwise rather featureless expanse of the desert. Described by some as looking like an outsized ammonite in the desert, the structure [which has a diameter of almost 50 kilometers (30 miles)] has become a landmark for shuttle crews...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; What -- Earth; Where -- Mauritania
Downloads: 3
[image]Arno Atoll - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
Arno Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands, is located to the east of Micronesia in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Marshall Islands are made only of coral reefs, similar to the adjacent countries such as Tuvalu and the Republic of Kiribati. The islands consist of the Ratak Islands (sunrise in Marshallese), and the Ralik Islands (sunset in Marshallese). After almost four decades under United States administration as the easternmost part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Marshall Islands; Where -- Micronesia; Where -- Pacific Ocean; Where -- Tuvalu; Where -- Kiribati; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Majuro
Downloads: 13
[image]Glacial Collapse Threatens Huaraz, Peru - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
A chunk of glacier was threatening to fall into an Andean lake and cause major flooding in a Peruvian city of 60,000. A fissure has appeared in the glacier that feeds the Lake Palcacocha near the city of Huaraz, 270 km north of Lima. If the piece breaks off, ensuing floods would take 15 minutes to reach the city. In 1941, the lake overflowed and caused massive destruction, killing 7,000 people. The city can be seen in the left-center part of the image...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Lima; Where -- Peru
Downloads: 5
[image]Earthquake Epicenter, Peru - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
A massive earthquake hit coastal Peru on June 23, 2001, near the tiny town of Fedregal. With a magnitude of 8.1, the quake toppled historic buildings in Arequipa, 120 miles (190 km) away. The earthquake occurred 20 miles (33 km) underground at the boundary between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates. The Nazca plate is being pushed under (subducted by) the South American plate, a process which not only causes earthquakes, but also volcanism and the raising of the Andes Mountains.The abo...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Peru
Downloads: 14
[image]ASTER: Clearcuts in Oregon - Image courtesy NASA GSFC, MITI, ERSDAC, JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) sub-scene was acquired on May 20, 2000 and shows an area along the west side of the Cascade Range in west central Oregon. (the full image measures 39 by 47 km) Bands 4 (shortwave infrared), 3 (near infrared), and 2 (red) were combined as red, green, and blue. In this composite, snow appears blue, forests are green, and clear-cut areas are orange-pink...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Oregon
Downloads: 8
[image]Manaus, Brazil - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
The above image was acquired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emissions and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) aboard NASA?s Terra satellite and shows the junctions of the Amazon and Rio Negro rivers in Manus, Brazil. The Rio Negro flows 2300 kilometers (1400 miles) from Colombia to Brazil and appears dark blue in the image. The river gets its color from the high levels of tannin in the water. The waters of the Amazon River contain more sediment and appear purple and brown in the image...
Keywords: What -- ASTER; What -- Amazonas; What -- Terra; Where -- Brazil; Where -- Colombia
Downloads: 3
[image]East Fork Fire - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
By April 18, 2004, the East Fork Fire in the Apalachicola National Forest in western Florida was about 90 percent contained. Reports from the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Area Coordination Center list the cause of the fire as arson. The fire broke out on April 4, 2004, and by April 11, it had affected 14,600 acres. By April 18, the SACC reported the size as 26,279 acres.Much of the region burned in the fire was in a part of the forest called the Bradwell Bay Wil...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; Where -- Florida; Where -- Gulf of Mexico
Downloads: 3
[image]Lava Flow on Bezymianny Volcano - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan University of Pittsburg
The active Russian volcano Bezymianny in Kamchatka shows an ongoing flow from a vent on the side of the volcano on Dec. 28, 2000. This image is a composite of an Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) image showing the volcano's topography (blue) and a thermal infrared image showing the "hot spot" (red) in great detail. ASTER is the "zoom lens" aboard NASA's Terra satellite.ASTER's ability to sense fine-scale heated surfaces is providing never-before seen views of...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Montserrat; Where -- Russia
Downloads: 7
[image]Nasca Lines, Peru - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) image, cropped from a full scene, covers an area of 14 x 18 km. ASTER, an instrument aboard NASAs Terra satellite, acquired the image on December 22, 2000. Visible and infrared spectral bands were combined to create a simulated true-color image.The Nasca Lines are located in the Pampa region of Peru, the desolate plain of the Peruvian coast 400 km south of Lima...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Peru; Where -- Lima
Downloads: 13
[image]Rocky Mountain Fires - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
The Missionary Ridge Fire, 10 miles north of Durango, Colorado, has been burning since June 9. By July 4, 2002 the fire had consumed almost 73,000 acres in the San Juan National Forest, and destroyed 56 homes. At that time the blaze was 55 percent contained, but still threatened several subdivisions. This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) image combines daytime and nighttime images acquired on June 30, 2002...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Colorado; Where -- San Juan; Where -- United States of America
Downloads: 3
[image]Sharm El Sheik, Egypt - Image courtesy NASA GSFC, MITI, ERSDAC, JAROS, and U.S./Japan
The Red Sea golf resort in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, where President Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, stands out against the desert landscape in this image acquired on August 25, 2000.This image of the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula shows an area about 30 by 30 kilometers (19 by 19 miles) in the visible and near infrared wavelength region...
Keywords: What -- ASTER; What -- Earth; What -- Terra; What -- STEREO; Where -- Red Sea; Where -- Egypt
Downloads: 10
[image]Salt Lake City, Utah, Perspective View - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
The 2002 Winter Olympics are hosted by Salt Lake City at several venues within the city, in nearby cities, and within the adjacent Wasatch Mountains. This 3-D perspective view, in simulated natural colors, presents a late spring view over Salt Lake City towards the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains to the east. The image was created by draping Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) image data over digital topography data from the US Geological Survey’s National Elev...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; What -- Earth; Where -- Salt Lake City; Where -- Utah
Downloads: 6
[image]High Resolution View of Pine Island Glacier - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) image was acquired on December 12, 2000. Pine Island Glacier has undergone a steady loss of elevation with retreat of the grounding line (the region where the ice sheet loses contact with the ground and begins to float as an ice shelf) in recent decades. Now, space imagery has revealed a wide new crack. In late 2000, Glaciologist Robert Bindschadler of NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center predicted that this crack would ...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Discovery; What -- High Resolution Imager; Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Downloads: 4
[image]Clearcuts in Oregon - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) sub-scene was acquired on May 20, 2000 and shows an area along the west side of the Cascade Range in west central Oregon. (the full image measures 39 by 47 km) Bands 4 (shortwave infrared), 3 (near infrared), and 2 (red) were combined as red, green, and blue. In this composite, snow appears blue, forests are green, and clear-cut areas are orange-pink...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Oregon
Downloads: 4
[image]Richat Structure, Mauritania - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
This prominent circular feature in the Sahara desert of Mauritania has attracted attention since the earliest space missions because it forms a conspicuous bull’s-eye in the otherwise rather featureless expanse of the desert. Described by some as looking like an outsized ammonite in the desert, the structure [which has a diameter of almost 50 kilometers (30 miles)] has become a landmark for shuttle crews...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; What -- Earth; Where -- Mauritania
Downloads: 3
[image]Boston, Massachusetts - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
The city of Boston has grown dramatically since its settlement in the 17th century. As seen in this map drawn in 1838, downtown Boston was a peninsula surrounded by several large islands and headlands along the Charles River. During the past 170 years, much of Boston Harbor and the mouth of the Charles River were filled in to create buildable land. The ASTER simulated natural color image depicts a large metropolis where land area dominates water...
Keywords: What -- ASTER; Where -- Boston; Where -- Massachusetts
Downloads: 25
[image]Kansai Airport - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
Kansai International Airport (KIX) is the world’s first ocean airport, built on a landfill island in Osaka Bay, Japan. Opened in 1994, KIX was a modern engineering marvel, built entirely as an artificial island. Because the site is built upon compacted fill, it suffers from subsidence, sinking 2-4 centimeters per year. The Kansai terminal is 1.7 kilometers long, and was designed by world-famous architect Renzo Piano...
Keywords: What -- MARVEL; What -- ASTER; Where -- Japan
Downloads: 14
[image]Dagze Co, Tibet - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
Dagze Co (Lake) is one of many inland lakes in Tibet, with a present area of 260 km2 (100 square miles). In glacial times, the region was considerably wetter, and lakes were correspondingly much larger. Changes in climate have resulted in greater aridity on the Tibetan Plateau. The numerous concentric rings that circle the lake are fossil shorelines, and attest to the historical presence of a larger, deeper lake.The image covers an area of 36.4 x 30.5 km, and was acquired by the Advanced Spacebo...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra
Downloads: 9
[image]London, England - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
For almost 2,000 years, the River Thames has served as the life force of London, capital of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s most famous cities. In AD 43 the Romans established the trading settlement of Londinium at a favorable crossing point on the river. The Romans remained until the 5th century, when the city came under Saxon control. The early 17th century saw enormous growth, but the deadly plague of 1664 and 1665 ravaged the population, and in the following year the Great Fire, ...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Earth; Where -- London; Where -- United Kingdom
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[image]Decreased Clarity in Lake Tahoe’s Water - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
Images from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) aboard NASAs Terra satellite, launched in December 1999, illustrate the state of gradually decreasing water clarity in Lake Tahoe, one of the clearest lakes in the world.In the image on the left, acquired in November 2000, vegetation can be seen in red. The image on the right, acquired at the same time by a different spectral band of the instrument, is color coded to show the bottom of the lake around the s...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; Where -- California; Where -- Nevada
Downloads: 6
[image]Glacial Collapse Threatens Huaraz, Peru - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
A chunk of glacier was threatening to fall into an Andean lake and cause major flooding in a Peruvian city of 60,000. A fissure has appeared in the glacier that feeds the Lake Palcacocha near the city of Huaraz, 270 km north of Lima. If the piece breaks off, ensuing floods would take 15 minutes to reach the city. In 1941, the lake overflowed and caused massive destruction, killing 7,000 people. The city can be seen in the left-center part of the image...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Lima; Where -- Peru
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[image]Death Valley - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
Since different materials reflect and emit energy in different ways, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), with its multi-spectral infrared channels, can provide detailed information about the composition of Earth’s surface. In this 3-D perspective view looking north over Death Valley, California, ASTER’s bands 13 (10.6µm), 12 (9.1µm), and 10 (8.3µm) are displayed in red, green and blue respectively...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- California
Downloads: 9
[image]Meteor Crater, Arizona - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
The Barringer Meteorite Crater (also known as “Meteor Crater”) is a gigantic hole in the middle of the arid sandstone of the Arizona desert. A rim of smashed and jumbled boulders, some of them the size of small houses, rises 50 meters above the surrounding plain. The crater itself is nearly a 1500 meters wide and 180 meters deep. When Europeans first discovered the crater, the plain around it was covered with chunks of meteoritic iron—over 30 tons of it—scattered over an area 12 kilomete...
Keywords: What -- Crater; What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Arizona
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[image]Washington, DC - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
Citizens of the United States vote today (November 7, 2000) to determine who will be the next president and vice president of the country, as well as who will fill a number of congressional and senate seats that are up for election. This image of the U.S. capital city—Washington, D.C.—was acquired on June 1 by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), a Japanese sensor flying aboard NASAs Terra spacecraft.The scene encompasses an area 14 km wide by 13.7 k...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; What -- Terra; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Washington
Downloads: 11
[image]Earthquake Epicenter, Peru - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
A massive earthquake hit coastal Peru on June 23, 2001, near the tiny town of Fedregal. With a magnitude of 8.1, the quake toppled historic buildings in Arequipa, 120 miles (190 km) away. The earthquake occurred 20 miles (33 km) underground at the boundary between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates. The Nazca plate is being pushed under (subducted by) the South American plate, a process which not only causes earthquakes, but also volcanism and the raising of the Andes Mountains.The abo...
Keywords: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; What -- ASTER; Where -- Peru
Downloads: 9
[image]East Fork Fire Burn Scar - Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
By April 18, 2004, the East Fork Fire in the Apalachicola National Forest in western Florida was about 90 percent contained. Reports from the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Area Coordination Center list the cause of the fire as arson. The fire broke out on April 4, 2004, and by April 11, it had affected 14,600 acres. By April 18, the SACC reported the size as 26,279 acres...
Keywords: What -- Aqua; What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer; Where -- Florida; Where -- Gulf of Mexico
Downloads: 4
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